Santa Barbara, Calif. –The Pacific men's basketball team dropped a 66-53 decision at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Feb. 9. With the loss, Pacific dropped to 13-10 on the season and 7-4 in Big West play. UC Santa Barbara improved to 8-15 overall, 4-8 in league action.
The Tigers faced an early deficit for the second straight game. UCSB opened the game with a 12-0 start as Pacific started 0-6 from the field with two turnovers. A quick 7-0 run capped by a three-pointer from junior Tony Gill got the Tigers back into the game. A pair of three-pointers by senior Markus Duran cut it to 21-17 with 8:39 to play, but a 7-0 spurt by the Gauchos pushed the lead back to 28-17 with 6:12 to go in the half. Pacific cut it back to five (32-27) with 1:11 to play, but a three-pointer by Michael Bryson gave UCSB a 37-29 halftime lead.
Each team scored six points in the first four minutes of the second half, but Pacific again started cold from the field with a 2-10 start. After senior Lorenzo McCloud hit one of two free throws to pull the Tigers within 43-36 with 15:03 left, the Gauchos scored six straight to take a 49-36 lead with 9:22 to play. The UCSB lead would not fall below 10 the rest of the way as the Tigers were never able to get on track from the field. Pacific made just one of 14 three-pointers (7.1%) and just six of 29 field goals (20.7%) in the second half.
Junior Ross Rivera led the Tigers with 15 points, while McCloud added 10 points. Bryson and Taran Brown each scored 13 points to lead UCSB.
The Tigers shot 30.4% from the field and just 4-20 from three point range (20.0%) for the game. UCSB outrebounded the Tigers 40-29, though the Tigers had a 14-11 offensive rebounding edge.
Pacific is next in action with a home game against Cal State Northridge on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Alex G. Spanos Center.